Questions & Answers for AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB
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Can I hook up an Airport Time Capsule to my Cradlepoint router via ethernet cable and use the ATC to back up all my computers?
I use a wireless datacard (cell modem) connected to a Cradlepoint router to access the internet. Can I hook up an Airport Time Capsule via ethernet cable and use the ATC to back up all my computers?
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Can I use the USB drive to watch movies on my Samsung SmartTV?
- Asked by Victor H from Petaling Jaya
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Yes, I do it frequently.
- Answered by Richard T from Glendale
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I have the older 2TB Time Capsule and DSL. They say the new Time Capsule is faster. Will my internet load quicker or just back ups are quicker?Best Answer:
I have a 2012 3TB Time Capsule and just replaced it with a new 2014 Time Capsule. I also purchased a new MacBook Pro. As others have discussed, the 'n' connection was always fast enough to accommodate the stream from my cable modem...The internet connection does not appear to be faster. It does, however, seem that the backups happen faster on my MBP (wireless ac) than on my two year old iMac (wireless n).
An unexpected and vast improvement was the stability of my home wifi network. I have four Airport Express devices in my home. They are all wireless 'n' (not 'ac). I use them as range extenders because the walls in my large historic home are very thick and prevent a stable connection. I also use each of these devices to drive stereo equipment on my Airplay network. I also have other brands of stereo equipment connected to this Airplay network. Before I got the new Time Capsule, three of the Airplay devices (including 2 Airport Express) were glitchy, and I would have frequent dropouts in the music that were irritating and embarrassing during a party.
I have not had a single dropout on ANY of my devices since updating the Time Capsule. I have not changed the location or position of any of the devices.
I do not know why this setup is so much more stable. All I can say is that my system is FAR more stable with my new Time Capsule than the 2 year old version.
- Answered by Vincent N from Cincinnati
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how does iPhone interface with airport time capsule
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You can install an "Airport Utility" App on your iPhone and configure your network from there. If you plan to backup your iPhone to the Time Capsule - this doesn't work, unfortunately. Ok, it may work with some tweaking (let's say you could sync all your files through a computer onto the Time Capsule drive), but it won't just work out-of-the-box.
- Answered by Christoph R from Princeton
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Yes. Netgear is the only one that has an wireless ac adapter for now.
- Answered by Kiril M from Baltimore
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Can I backup my Time Capsule using Time Machine with an ethernet cord or USB cord instead of backing up wirelessly?
I am buying a steel gun safe that will prevent wireless access to my time capsule for backups, but it has a USB/Ethernet cable port that I could plug into my Mac from the safe. My questions is would I still be able to do the automatic backups using the hard wire (Ethernet/USB) or will time capsule only backup wirelessly?
- Asked by Courtney H from Pike Road
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Can Time Capsule be used to store my music/pictures/video/etc. files first, then back up via Time Machine after?
I would like to use Time Capsule as a replacement for my current external hard drive which stores old files (and have access to it at any time) as well as be the automatic Time Machine back up from now on.
- Asked by Barrett I from Honolulu
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Yes, you can use the same drive for your TimeMachine backups and as your iTunes drive. Both functions happen independently, so music is stored immediately, and the TimeMachine process is triggered periodically.
- Answered by Souheil M from Springfield
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I am wondering if I were to purchase the 'Airport time capsule' would it work like dropbox where I can access it from multiple devices even under data
I recently purchased a Ipad Mini 16gb Iphone 6 plus 16GB and a Macbook pro 128gb, I am wondering if I purchased a airport time capsule and connected it to the internet would I be able to access my files if I were to save them onto it from college but access them from anywhere or have I to be near my airport time capsule. Basically I am wondering is it like dropbox where I could have 4 devices connected to it security protected from anyone else while uploading all my files onto it ??
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Can I connect Comcast X1 Wireless Gateway with an Airport Time Capsule?
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are there POE on the ethernet LAN ports ?
I want to connect a POE enabled device to one of the LAN ports.
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No it does not do PoE. However you could buy a external POE inline power injector - you need it for a specific use case.
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Can I connect more than one external hard drives to my Airport Time Capsule and access the external hard drive from 2 computers simultaneously?
I have just bought a 2TB Airport Time Capsule. I connected a USB hub to it and 2 external hard drives (Lacie). Is is possible to have more than one computer using the same external hard drive at the same time? It seems to only appear in one computer, not the other one.
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Yes, the Access Control / Time limit configuration does not differentiate between non-Apple and Apple hardware. It only requires a MAC address (Hardware identifier that has nothing to do with Mac OS) of the connected the device. You can find this in the settings / configurations menu of most modern hardware - often it is also written outside onto a label of the device. Keep in mind that Ethernet and Wireless MAC addresses will be different for each device - so if the Playstation can connect by WiFi and Ethernet - make sure to constrain both MAC addresses.
- Answered by Christoph R from Princeton
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As a PC user wanting this is a router and an external hard drive. Is there any difference between this and the previous 2011 Time Capsule model?
I.e. will the differences in wireless speed be apparent on a PC.
- Answered by Christopher B from San Antonio
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how do I connect my lan line phone? Do I need an adapter, or is there a specific telephone capable modem that goes with this router?
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Adding a time capsule to an existing network and configuring for the speediest backups?
I have a 27" i5 iMac on my home wireless network running off my ISP-provided wireless router. Many other devices like my TV and TIVO connect to this network so I'd like leave it as the creator of my wireless network.
I'd like to add a time capsule for backups from the iMac. I assume the time capsule can connect to my existing wireless network and I could back up that way but I was concerned that I may be sacrificing speed essential for backups compared with using the native wireless built-in to the time capsule.
Is it possible for the iMac to either:
- connect to both wireless networks at once
- connect to my existing router's wireless network but somehow switch to the time capsule's network when doing a backup.
I don't want to connect the time capsule direct via ethernet cable to my iMac as I would like to keep them separate for security purposes
- Asked by David F from Paddington
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You can put the time capsule network configuration into "Bridge" mode, instead of "NAT DHCP", and then cable it to your ISP router.
The time capsule will be a more reliable wireless and wired router, and with the airport utility, it will remind you to do updates to the firmware when needed.
Your ISP will never update the firmware in your ISP provided router, and Wireless standards change, and bugs happen and that can make your wireless experiences very poor with unsupported routers.
If your ISP router can be placed in bridge mode, then I would put your time capsule in "NAT DHCP" mode, and use it as your primary router.
- Answered by Gregg W from Tulsa
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You must use the power cord that came with the Airport and plug it into an appropriate electrical outlet, It does not work off USB. The USB port is only for use with an external hard drive or printer.
- Answered by Charles M from Waxhaw
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Hi, I would like to know if the new airport Time Capsule (2TB) can be used as a network/wireless repeater?
My room is a bit far from my wireless router and I don't get the best signal. I was hoping to use the time capsule as a network/wireless repeater in my room if possible.
- Asked by Rahul T from Townsville
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Yes, when using the admin program on a Mac, you have that option to extend a wifi network.
will my old macbook air 2010 be ok to use airport time capsule 2013
AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)4; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology
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